Gunman Shoots 2, Kills Himself at Hospital

Police unsure of Birmingham gunman's motive
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 15, 2018 1:00 AM CDT
Gunman Shoots 2, Kills Himself at Hospital
An ambulance arrives as authorities respond to a gunman who opened fire at a Birmingham, Ala., hospital.   (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

One man is dead and another is in critical condition after a gunman opened fire at an Alabama hospital before fatally shooting himself, police say. Birmingham Police Lt. Peter Williston says cops were called to UAB Hospital-Highlands at 6:55pm Wednesday. Officers found two victims along with the gunman, who had died of a self-inflicted gunshot, Williston says. "The status on the victims: One victim is in stable condition," Williston says, per the AP. "Unfortunately, I have to report the second victim did not survive and was pronounced deceased during surgery."

Police had the scene secured and authorities issued an "all clear" alert about 7:45pm after ordering students to shelter in place. Williston says investigators have a lot of information and evidence to sort through, "so we can try and determine what led to this tragic incident tonight." Authorities were unsure of the shooter's relationship to the victims. reports that at least one of the victims, who was shot multiple times in the chest, is a hospital employee. UAB Highlands is a campus of UAB Hospital, which is part of the medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. (More Alabama stories.)

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